The latest battleground over same-sex marriage and religious freedom is in a state where the legislature might allow state officials to stop performing all marriages, for a limited time, in certain cases.
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Lyle Denniston, the National Constitution Center’s constitutional literacy adviser, looks at Ireland’s historic gay marriage referendum, and if it could influence the United States Supreme Court.
Unless recent public opinion polls are wrong, Ireland will become the world’s first country to legalize gay marriage in a voter referendum this weekend. So how unique is that globally?
On May 20, 1996, the Supreme Court issued an early landmark decision supporting the right of gays under the Constitution to seek protection from discrimination.
On May 17, 2004, Massachusetts became the first state to allow same-sex marriage.